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Lori Ducharme

Steve Martino

Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD

Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, is Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.  Previously she was Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, specializing in children’s mental health services research.  She also works with the Office of Performance Measurement and Evaluation at the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH).   Before coming to New York, she was Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and oversaw the portfolio of research on child and adolescent mental health, from basic to applied studies.  This gave her a broad perspective on research gaps and opportunities for connecting different areas of science through interdisciplinary theory and methods.  She also served as Scientific Editor for the Office of the Surgeon General’s National Action Agenda on Children’s Mental Health with Dr. David Satcher.


Kimberly is Director and Principal Investigator of a new P30 Advanced Center on Implementation and Dissemination Science in States for Children and Families, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and of the Children’s Technical Assistance Center, funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health.  She is also Principal Investigator on several other major grants and subcontracts, all focused on improving the quality of services for children and families.   Her special emphasis is on parent engagement and activation in children’s health services, as well as the organizational and policy contexts for children’s mental health services.


Russell Glasgow, PhD

Russell E. Glasgow, Ph.D., is Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute ( Dr, Glasgow is a behavioral scientist who has worked on many transdisciplinary research questions including worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers and Native American tribes.  He has researched target behaviors ranging from smoking prevention and cessation to chronic illness management, patient-provider communication, use of interactive technologies in health care, quality improvement and guidelines adherence. He has published over 400 scientific articles and received the Society of Behavioral Medicine Award as Outstanding Scientist. His more recent work has focused on public health issues of enhancing the reach and adoption of evidence-based programs, using the RE-AIM planning and evaluation model (


Patricia Chamberlain

Lisa Saldana, PhD

Lisa Saldana has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a research and clinical emphasis in child welfare populations and evidence-based practice. She is a co-investigator on an implementation trial examining two implementation strategies to scale-up Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC), for youth in foster care. She recently obtained an R01 to examine measurement of implementation processes and milestones for EBPs in the children's mental health service sectors.  She is working on research grants focused on the economic evaluation of evidence-based practices and, with her colleagues, developed the Stages of Implementation Completion, a tool for measuring the process of implementing practices in real-world community settings. Saldana also is working on the development of preventive interventions to address the needs of families involved in the child welfare system. With funding from NIDA, she developed an integrative treatment for maternal substance abuse and child neglect (the FAIR project) as part of her K award, and is co-developer of the Parenting and Visitation Enhancement (PAVE) model being piloted for biological parents working towards reunification.

Greg Teague

Gregory B. Teague, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, and Joint Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida. He received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University. In previous years had had been V.P. for Research & Development in the community mental health center affiliated with Dartmouth Medical School and had served on the clinical faculty there and as a researcher at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.

His general research area is services for persons with severe mental disorders. Specific research has at various points focused on cost-effectiveness of services for people with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders, self-directed care, effectiveness of consumer-operated services, involvement of persons with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system, and measurement of fidelity to evidence-based practice, especially assertive community treatment.

He has also worked on several SAMHSA-sponsored efforts in development and integration of performance measurement within behavioral health care, including the MHSIP consumer-oriented report card, standards for outcome measurement systems, and development and promulgation of common performance indicators and measures. 

His current teaching focuses on evidence-based practice in behavioral healthcare.

Ebony Boulware

L. Ebony Boulware, MD MPH is a General Internist and Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University. She received an A.B. degree in English from Vassar College, an M.D. from Duke University, and a M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Boulware studies interventions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes with chronic diseases such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension.  She is particularly interested in identifying ways to eliminate ethnic and racial disparities in these diseases. She has investigated several related areas in her research, including determinants of deceased and live kidney donation, organ donation policies, patients’ preferences for kidney transplants, patient-physician communication about kidney transplants, and the quality of primary care and nephrology care for patients with kidney disease. She has developed and studied educational, behavioral, and clinical practice interventions to improve patient, family, and physician communication and decision-making regarding the treatment of kidney disease and kidney disease risk factors.

Lawrence Palinkas

Lawrence Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Director of the Behavioral Health Research Cluster in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He also holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC and as Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise lie within preventive medicine, cross-cultural medicine, and health services research. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in behavioral health, global behavioral health and health disparities, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. His research has included studies of psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments and manmade disasters; mental health needs of older adults; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; HIV and substance abuse prevention in Mexico; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and underserved populations. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current research encompasses mental health services, immigrant health and global health. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.

Among his scholarly achievements are the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy in 1989; deputy chief officer of the Life Sciences Standing Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 2002; chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's External Advisory Council in 2003; and membership on committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Palinkas is an elected fellow of the American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology and the author of more than 290 publications.


Ramesh Raghavan, MD, PhD

Dr. Raghavan’s research focuses on access to, and quality of, mental health services for vulnerable children, especially those in the child welfare system. The instrumental focus of much of his work on access has been on Medicaid policymaking, and he has examined the effects of Medicaid managed care on mental health service use, the longitudinal stability of health insurance coverage for child welfare-involved children, and insurance discontinuities for children leaving foster care. His work on quality has focused on receipt of mental health care consistent with national standards among children in the child welfare system, geographic variations in mental health services, and policy approaches to supporting implementation of mental health services.

His current work focuses on developing better predictive models of risk of mental health service use among child Medicaid beneficiaries, and understanding the determinants of race/ethnic disparities in Medicaid expenditures for child mental health services. A keen translator of research findings to policymaking and vice versa, Dr. Raghavan has served on state and national commissions and advisory bodies, and conducts much of his research with active policymakers as co-investigators.

Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman



NIH Staff

David Chambers, Ph.D.
Chief, Dissemination Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. David Chambers is Chief of the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch (SRCEB) of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He arrived at NIMH in 2001, where he continues to manage a portfolio of grants that study the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health within real-world service settings. Since 2006, David has also served as Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, leading NIH initiatives around the coordination of dissemination and implementation research in heatlh, and has served as Institute representative to the Federal Action Agenda Senior Partners Workgroup, which directs the Federal response to the President’s Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health. At the IRI, he will explore implementation research from the national perspective. He will also be discussing grant mechanisms with the Fellows.